Any ceramicists, artists or architects you look up to?
Of course, I admire the careers, philosophies, and production of many artists, architects, ceramists, chefs, musicians, landscapers, etc... But instead of listing a few I rather tell the story of my encounter with a couple who really left a mark.
Amadeo (my husband) and I decided to visit a few galleries while on a trip to Mumbai. One of the shows that caught my eye was called Meandering Warp. The title was interesting and the review was promising but so seemed 10 others on the list of at least 30 shows on view. Arriving at the correct address was a miracle; we circled the block without noticing the building for over an hour. We finally made it to Chemould Prescott Road, one of the most special gallery spaces I have visited to date. As soon as the door opened I was swept with the vision of a group of work so charged It took me a moment to gather myself… what’s going on? how did I not know about this woman before? Thank you god for not letting me miss this… oh my god oh my god… I was having a hard time containing myself because the work was so outstanding. It really hit the spot for me, there is nothing I like more than variations on a theme. Amadeo walks in with a couple, both very beautiful, he invites me to join them. They were both soft-spoken, calm, their eyes were wonderful and piercing. The lady was Monica Correa the artist responsible for the work on view at the gallery, and her husband Charles. She walked me through the show, we spoke about her friend Olga de Amaral whose work has always been a reference for me, she talked to me about her evolving process, the artisans who worked with her, how her career developed alongside her husband’s (At the time I didn’t understand why she made that a point). Charles told me about his days in Venezuela, he spoke of beloved architect friends there, we spoke about the turn the country had taken in the last decades. Their cadence was so pleasant, they were so generous with their time, they were so very humble, you could sense their wisdom. We spent a bit of precious time with Monica and Charles Correa, We were lucky.
Any advice for anyone wanting to be a ceramicist or art historian?
Patience. Although; they are different crafts, both obviously require quite a bit of effort because they can be very intense and demanding. The similarity between them is that they're not instant gratification crafts, so both need patience.
Special thanks to Ana Valeria Castillos and Tulio Jarocki